Apr 11th 2014, @ Yokohama

April 11th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 6

Yokohama BayStars 5

Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLLLW

(Yokohama Stadium)

After getting swept at the Nagoya Dome during the week, your birds looked to get things going again against Mr. Miura and the Yokohama BayStars on their home turf.

W: Ogawa (3-0; 2.05 ERA)
L: Miura (0-1; 4.50)
S: Yamamoto (0-1, 1S; 4.05)

Fortunately for the few Swallows fans tuning in, second-year phenom and staff ace, Ogawa, was pitching for the visitors.

Yamada (2B)1Aranami (CF)
Ueda (RF)2Ishikawa (2B)
Kawabata (3B)3Kajitani (RF)
Balentien (LF)4Blanco (1B)
Yuhei (CF)5Kinjo (LF)
Hatakeyama (1B)6Baldiris (3B)
Morioka (SS)7Kurobane (C)
Nakamura (C)8Yamazaki (SS)
Ogawa (P)9Miura (P)

After a second inning in which both teams got two runners on base, Tokyo struck first in the top of the third.

Miura secured the first two outs on a strikeout and grounder to short before the wheels fell off. Kawabata bagged another double, Miura pitched around Balentien (walk), and then Tokyo’s five through seven made him pay.

Kawabata scored on a Yuhei single to center, and Balentien trotted home on Hatakeyama’s single to right. Both Yuhei and Hatake then scored on Morioka’s bases-clearing triple before Nakamura struck out swinging.

4-0 Tokyo

But then Yokohama started to chip away at the lead. They scored a single run in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth frames care of a Kajitani solo homer, an Ogawa balk with runners on the corners, and a Kajitani RBI double, respectively.

The birds didn’t completely roll over, however, adding a single run in the top of the fifth on a Balentien solo shot to right (number four on the season).

5-3 Tokyo

Tokyo scored a crucial run in the eighth when Morioka’s third hit of the night was followed by a Nakamura RBI double. Nishiura was brought in to pinch-run for Morioka due to an unspecified injury. Hopefully Morioka will be good to go on Saturday.

6-3 Tokyo

Carpenter was brought in to try and seal the deal in the ninth, and it would have been his third save but things went a little bit wobbly before this game finally finished. Baldiris started with a single to center, and then Carpenter plunked Kurobane (painfully, it seemed) to put another man on. After Carpenter was called for a balk (yes, the second one this game) to move the runners over to second and third, Tamura pitched in with a pinch-hit, bases-clearing single.

Carpenter then got out number one on Tsutsugo’s pop fly, but he beaned pinch-hitter, Yanagida, to bring an end to his evening.

Kyuko got out number two, but then he walked the second guy he faced, Kajitani, so Ogawa-kantoku brought in Yamamoto to see if he could get out number three.

And he did against Ide, who after three strikeouts finally put the ball in play but flew out to right.

6-5 Final

Ogawa got the W after a quality start in which he threw 114 pitches over eight innings, allowing three runs (all earned) off of nine hits (one homer). He also notched eight Ks and didn’t give up any walks (one balk).

Game two of this series is tomorrow at 2 PM. Ishikawa will be taking the mound for the Swallows.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • Kozo

    Ogawa’s balk came as a result of a rule change that happened in the offseason that made the “fake pickoff to third but throw to first” a balk.

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